The Eagles of St. Cloud Apollo and the Tigers of St. Cloud Tech both made good showings at one of the largest wrestling invitationals. It features many nationally ranked individuals. The Fargo “Rumble on the Red” hosted by Minnesota State University, Concordia College of Moorhead, West Fargo, ND and the Fargo/Moorhead Metro Wrestling Commission. Sixty-Five teams took to the mats in this two day event; featuring 19 mats running continuously with over 1400 wrestlers competing in both the Varsity and Junior Varsity levels. Also includes over 600 youth or elementary competition on Saturday in a dual meet format.
The Eagles earned 20th place in the huge field of teams with 79 points with three place winners. Mitch Bengston defended his title with seven wins at 138 pounds, on the way to his championship of his forty-four man bracket. In the first round Mitch topped an Anoka foe with a :38 fall, second round he topped a Tri-Valley wrestler with a :54 fall, third round he defeated an Albert Lea wrestler with a :53 fall, in the quarterfinal he had 3:37 fall over a No. 4AAA ranked Woodbury foe, semifinals he topped No. 3AA foe from Scott West by a major decision 11-3 and in the championship in he had a very close match. He topped No. 4AAA ranked Wayzata foe 3-2. Mitch was voted by the Coaches the Outstanding Wrestler of the Rumble on the Red. This gives Mitch 18-0 season record. Bryce Kirchner also had a very impressive tournament as he earned second place in his thirty-four man bracket with four wins over a Fargo Davies foe with a fall of 1:18, a win over No. 6A ranked Royalton foe 5-4; in the quarterfinals he topped a Canton foe with a 6-5 decision. In the semifinals he topped a Fargo North foe with an 8-6 decision. In the championship he dropped a match to a No. 10AA foe from New Prague. This gives Bryce a 13-5 season record. Matt Braun earned seventh place by going 6-2 in the tournament to give him a season record of 13-7. He defeated Jacob Rositas a section rival from Moorhead and No. 4AAA ranked Albert Lea wrestler by a 5-3 decision.
The Tigers of Tech had Jerrad Nieland earned fourth place with a 4-2 mark as he topped New London-Spicer foe with a 1:26 fall, followed by a :37 second fall over a Canton foe. In the Quarterfinals he had a 3:23 fall over a Thief River Falls rival, in the Semifinals he lost to No. 1B ranked North Dakota foe from Carrington. He topped Grand Forks Red River foe No. 1A ranked foe with a :46 second fall. In his third place match he dropped a over-time decision to the No. 4AAA ranked for 3-1. This give Jerrad a 14-4 record for the season thus far.